March 17, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Less than 15 hours after finishing its first practice of the spring, Louisiana Tech's football team was back at it again. The Bulldogs worked out for approximately two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday morning.
The quick turnaround provided for a slightly sluggish start but the team responded as practice went along, picking up the pace and intensity level. Only two practices into the spring, the offense and defense continued to battle each other with the same passion and intensity as last November.
"With such a quick turnaround after yesterday's practice some guys were a little sluggish early on but I thought we got a lot of work done," head coach Sonny Dykes said of Saturday's practice. "It started slow but it picked up as practice went on. The good thing we have going right now is that it is pretty competitive. Our offense made some plays and our defense made some plays. They are competing against each other and competing for spots. Anytime you have good competition it makes your team better."
"I think IK Enemkpali is really starting to come into his own a little bit," explained Dykes. "His work ethic is better; he is more focused and more detail-oriented than he has been in the past. He has a chance to be a special pass rusher. We also return a lot of guys inside, guys improving every day and pushing each other. Kendrick James is coming on and developing into an end and somebody we can count on to rush the passer. There are some candidates out there; we just have to see which one rises."
"Those guys had good years last year," Dykes said. "The good thing about both of them is that they continued to improve. They both had a good offseason, they both know more than they did a year ago, they are playing faster and that is good. They just need to continue to develop, be a little more consistent catching the ball; we've had too many drops over the first two days. We have to do a better job of focusing and catching the ball and finishing practice."
The team returns to practice Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m. as the squad will wear pads for the first time this spring.
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